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Hip-Hip for Olney, Illinoisey

So, I owe public thanks to the good folks of Olney, IL (home of the white squirrels). They participate in the One Community, One Book program, and this year they picked Leepike Ridge to be their community title. They foisted free copies on folks out of their local businesses and even went so far as to set up a life-size diorama of Tom and Argus (and corpse) in the front of their Super Wal-Mart. Of course, too many people did find the corpse disturbing, so it moved into schools.

They also brought me in for a day’s worth of events, and the kids kept me hopping throughout–catching biographical errors in paperbacks, prying their way backstage into the creative process, and helpfully suggesting future books, characters, concepts, etc.

And yes, I saw white squirrels in their natural Olney habitat. Two of them.

Thanks to all the people who made it such a great program (and especially to Pat Carlson for all the dirty work). Much gratitude. Cheers.


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    April 7, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Wow! White squirrles?? Awsome. I’ve only seen brown squirrles with white stumouchs. Neat. Glad you had fun.

    Hannah, who is a crazy writer, but unpublished and is very sad about it.

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    Allison M.
    May 31, 2009 at 9:51 am

    My b-day was April 6th. I’m just like Hannah… but I think I’m to young to gets published.

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    June 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Cab someone be “Too young to publish?” I don’t know much about publishing, but I though that it only matters if you’re good. I have seen books written by kids. Well, not like, ten year-olds, but still! Like, 11 to 18, maybe. Happy Birthday, Allison!

    Cool! White squirrels! I have seen one, but it was in Savannah Georgia! That sounded cool! If I went to super W-Mart, and saw a life size cardboard corpse, it would be cool! Putting it in schools doesn’t sound much better, though… 🙂

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